OTA Education Foundation now accepting scholarship applications

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TORONTO, Ont. — OTA Education Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications from Ontario post-secondary students. Students can apply for university or college scholarships in the amount of $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, to help them fund their tuition and other academic fees. In addition, students entering their first year of post-secondary studies directly from high school are eligible to apply for the J.O. Goodman Award or the C. V. Hoar Award, or the recently announced Bud Barr Award.

In order to be eligible for the scholarships, students must provide proof of acceptance into a recognized full-time program at an approved university or college, be 25 years of age or under as of Jan. 1, 2012, and be sponsored by an Ontario trucking company or trucking services/supply company that employs or contracts a parent of the applicant. In addition, students must submit a brief essay that answers a question about the trucking industry.

While the same application form can be used to apply for the J.O. Goodman, C.V. Hoar, and Bud Barr awards, there are some additional requirements, according to OTA officials. Applicants for these achievement awards are assessed based on criteria such as academic achievement, service to community, and participation in extra-curricular activities. Winners for these three awards are chosen by the Foundation’s Selection Committee.

The OTA Education Foundation college and university scholarships as well as the J.O. Goodman, C.V. Hoar and Bud Barr awards are funded through donations that are received primarily from trucking and trucking related companies. The number of scholarships disbursed each year is dependent on the amount received in donations for that year. The OTA Education Foundation provided nearly $52,000 in assistance to post-secondary students for the 2011/2012 academic year.

The Student Scholarship Application Package for the 2012/2013 Academic Year contains complete information and instructions, along with all the necessary forms for the general scholarships, as well as the J.O. Goodman, Bud Barr, and C.V. Hoar awards. To download the 2012/2013 application package or to make a donation to the OTA Education Foundation, visit http://www.ontruck.org/educationfoundation.

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